|Real name: Robert "Bobby" Drake
Identity: Known to certain government officials
Legal status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal record Place of birth: Fort Washington, Long Island, New York
Group affiliation: X-Men; formerly the Champions of Los Angeles, the Defenders and X-Factor
Base of operations: Xavier Institute, Salem Center, Westchester County, New York
First appearance: X-MEN (first series) #1
Weight: 145 lbs.
Known superhuman powers: Iceman is able to lower his external and internal body temperature, thereby radiating intense cold. In addition, he can transform himself into ice at will and freeze any moisture in the air around him -- thus forming slides, shields, bats and other objects. He also is immune to sub-zero temperatures.
History: Bobby Drake discovered his mutant ability during his early teens, but kept it secret from everyone except his parents. When bullies attacked Drake and his girlfriend, the mutant temporarily encased one of the young thugs in ice. Believing Drake a menace, the townspeople formed a lynch mob. This prompted the local sheriff to take Drake into custody for the boy's own protection. Sent by Professor Charles Xavier, the X-Man Cyclops broke into Drake's cell. The lynch mob caught the two mutants, but Professor X used his mental powers to stop the townspeople and erase their memories of Drake's abilities. A grateful Drake then accepted Xavier's invitation to join the X-Men.
Although he was the comedian of the group, Drake always pulled his weight and coordinated with rest of the team. After a newly assembled squad of X-Men rescued Xavier's original students, Iceman and the other founding members left the fold -- except for Cyclops, who stayed on. Shortly after the demise of the Defenders, Drake joined the other original X-Men to form X-Factor. During this period, the Asgardian trickster Loki increased Iceman's powers. Some time later, Drake returned to the X-Men.
Realizing he has not yet achieved his full potential, Iceman continues to experiment with his abilities and push himself beyond his previous limits.